Polarization characterizes the oscillations in time the electromagnetic field is doing in the plane perpendicular to the propagation direction of a wave

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Intensity of unpolarized light through polarizer

When unpolarized light is polarized with two polarizers, the intensity becomes $I=I_ocos^2(θ)$ (Malus's law). But when unpolarized light is polarized with only one polarizer, the intensity is reduced ...
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Electric field vector in visualization of polarization of EM wave

When we were taught polarization at the high school level, we were told that during polarization, we should consider the EM wave being axially or planarly filtered (e.g. by a polarizing sheet with ...
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Spin and polarization, QM vs QFT

On page 34 of A. Zee's book QFT in a Nutshell, he states: I expect you to remember the concept of polarization from your course on electromagnetism. A massive spin 1 particle has three degrees of ...
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Does measurement really affect polarization?

The answer must be yes but I have trouble dealing with the explanation given here. As you can see the light is polarized at an angle theta to x axis. After it passes the polarizer A which is along x ...
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Is a single photon always circularly polarized?

While trying to understand polarization in quantum field theory, I wondered how a single photon could go through a linear polarizer. I found a paper which asked "Is a single photon always circularly ...
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Why is the $S_{z} =0$ state forbidden for photons?

If photons are spin-1 bosons, then doesn't quantum mechanics imply that the allowed values for the z-component of spin (in units of $\hbar$) are -1, 0, and 1? Why then in practice do we only use the ...
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How can slightly elliptically polarized light pass through a polarizer set to pass linearly polarized light?

How can slightly elliptically polarized light pass through a polarizer set to pass linearly polarized light? And what will be the corresponding change in intensity?
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What are some of the empirical proofs of electromagnetic polarization? [closed]

I am aware of how polarization follows from Maxwell's equations, and how it is possible in transverse waves in general. I also know that Huygens, in his great Treatise on Light, first discovered and ...
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Entanglement of two particles with same values of the entangled parameters?

The question For an entangled state consisting of systems A and B, if A is measured when does the wavefunction at B collapse? contains next entangled state: If there are two systems A and B, with ...
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Does orbital angular mometum has no meaning for single photons?

In the quantization of free electromagnetic field, it is found that the left-circularly polarised photons corrsponds to helicity $\vec{S}\cdot\hat p=+\hbar$ and right-circularly polarised photons ...
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Rotation of polarization through optical activity

When a vertically polarized beam of light is incident on an optically active substance and rotated through some angle $\theta$, how is the degree of rotation related to the length of the path through ...
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Is wearing 3D glasses from the cinema as sunglasses hurtful to the eyes?

I heard a few times that using them as sunglasses is hurting the eye since UV light is not filtered, but the pupil is wider than it would be w/o wearing them because the visible light is dimmed. I ...
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Verdet Constant and optical pumping

While studying Faraday rotation (linear magneto-optic rotation) I came across a fact that Faraday rotation can be enhanced. Verdet constant which depends on the wavelength can be enhanced as change in ...
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Which photons pass through a circular annulus?

Passing light through a circular sieve: Well, actually, let’s think about radar or microwaves with a wavelength of order a centimeter or two, so you can tailor your aperture, say by etching a silver ...
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Why do charged objects attract pieces of paper, but not pieces of metal?

I do not understand one concept in Physics: why charged objects (eg. a charged rod or comb) attract pieces of paper when brought close to them, but do not attract pieces of metal. I know that the ...
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Flip of polarisation of light

Consider an optical experiment with photons or light pulses. Is there an optical element that acts in the polarisation degree of freedom like the unitary $$ U = \frac 1 {\sqrt 2} \begin{pmatrix} 1 ...
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Why isn't sunlight polarized?

My guess: Because polarization happens only when amplitude exists and because the sun is so big that the light rays arriving on earth literally come in all direction, their amplitude is then ...
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Why can i see LCD screen trough my linearly polarized glasses

I have a Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo GT-S5310, it uses an LCD screen. Wikipedia says that all LCD's emit a vertically polarized light However even if I turn my glasses 90 degrees, i can still see the ...
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Quantum theory of light

What's the scattering matrix for a PBS (polarization beam splitter)? Is it just unitary? If one polarization never couples into another polarization (then there's a lot of zeroes in that 4x4 matrix) - ...
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Polarized light from any suface?

From a textbook I read something like this: "When sunlight is reflected from a horizontal surface, the plane of incidence is vertical, and the reflected light contains a preponderance of light that is ...
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Why does the electric polarisation (polarisation density) have this direction?

It can be inferred that the amount polarisation $ P $ is dependent upon and proportional to the magnitude of the electric field $ E $ applied: \begin{equation} P \propto E. \end{equation} This ...
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Polarization of the Sky?

I was hiking and noticed as I tilted my sunglasses (which are probably polarized), right at the horizon where the sky was against a mountain, it would change from lighter to darker blue. This only ...
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Is it possible to reverse the polarity of already polarized light using passive materials?

For a gizmo idea that I have, I want to understand if it's possible to "reverse/turn" the polarity of light using passive, relatively thin and cheap films, similar to what we see in 3d glasses or TN ...
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How to polarize a laser beam

I'm working on an optic project that I need my laser beam to be polarized. Do you a simple way to polarize my laser beam?
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Circular polarisation destroying interference pattern for double slit

I have been trying to mathematically explain the empirical result that putting orthogonal polarisers (quarter-wave plates) behind the two slits of a double-slit setup will erase the interference ...
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Interference of Beams with Different Polarizations

I have read in many places that orthogonally polarized light beams do not interfere. However, I also know that orthogonal vectors, such as force, do affect each other and give a resulting force. So, ...
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Connection between Polarization and Coherence in optics

It is not completely clear to me how the notions of polarization and coherence, in optics, work together! I quite understand both of them but it's still hard to grasp their deep connection. I'm quite ...
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what happens inside linear polarizer sheet (at microscopic level) when unpolarized light falls on it?

(1) What happens at microscopic level when unpolarized light falls on a linear polarizer sheet ? i.e. Due to what thing inside polarizer sheet, only those EM waves are passed whose plane of vibration ...
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Why are most antennas in cellular networks +/- 45° polarized?

I've just been asked a strange question that I cannot find an answer to (even on the internet it seems I can't find any explanation for this) and I ended up wondering why most of the antennas which ...
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type of polarization required to generate surface plasmon resonance

The generation of surface plasmon depends on the polarization state of the impinging light beam. If the polarization of the beam impinging a nanosphere is along the z axis then the dipole radiation ...
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Difference between spin and polarization of a photon

I understand how one associates the spin of a quantum particle, e.g. of a photon, with intrinsic angular momentum. And in electromagnetism I have always understood the polarization of an EM wave as ...
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Problem on Malus law? doesnt work on certain angles [closed]

if Unpolarized Light falls on two polarizing sheets placed one on top of other. what must be the angle between the characteristics directions of the sheet a) if the intensity of the ...
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How does a photon leave trace of its polarization state in a photon detector but not trace of which direction it came in?

Some quantum erasure experiments involve polarization of photons. In one such experiment with a double slit, a horizontal polarizer is used in front of one slit, and a vertical polarizer is used for ...
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Polarization vector identity in Minkowski space?

Playing around with numerical light-like momenta $p^\mu_1,p^\mu_2$ (light-like meaning ${p_1}^\mu {p_1}_\mu={p_2}^\mu {p_2}_\mu=0$) and corresponding polarization vectors ...
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How is polarization vector in QFT related to polarization in classical electrodynamics?

As i know in classical electrodynamics polarization shows the orientation of the electric vector in a plane perpendicular to the direction of propagation of light. But in quantum field theory ...
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Combining wave plates?

In the context of classical electromagnetism, is it always possible to reproduce the action of a large number of half-wave plates and quarter wave-plates with that of a single half-wave plate and a ...
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3D glasses and reflection/polarisation [duplicate]

Hi all, Tonight I'm going to see a 3D film so I thought I'd check whether I had any old 3D glasses around the house. Found a pair of "RealD" glasses. Anyhow, I assume that the glasses use some ...
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Circularly polarized light and polarizing filter

Does circularly polarized light pass through a linear polarizing filter, regardless of the orientation of such filter?
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Polarization type/direction of $E$ field

I have an E field given as $E(z) = [xE_a - yjE_b]\exp(-jkz)$ and I know the answer is that the field is right-hand circularly/elliptically polarized depending on whether $E_a = E_b$. Can someone show ...
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Polarized sunglasses: should the axes in both lenses be parallel?

See the pictures below. A pair of sunglasses I recently purchased has the polarization axis in one lens offset about 20 degrees (by eyeball estimation) from the other. I don't have much experience ...
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Use two polarizing filter without liquid crystal between them to render static image

I'm going to demonstrate the work of polarizing filter. I have a tablet for this purpose with disassembled LCD panel which is fine but it is bulky and overkill. Is there any other material that may ...
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Is the output of a laser pointer polarized or not?

How to verify it? Is a laser necessarily polarized? I have a laser pointer with wavelength 532nm in hand.
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Notation of polarization of light

Upon my research of polarization of light I stumbled upon the following formula: What do the three dots mean? I have never seen them before. Edit: Found this notation in the book "Nonlinear fiber ...
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What polarizes a rainbow?

What polarizes the light from a rainbow. I already did some search and couldn't get a clear answer. All I could find was the light is polarized on the direction light is entering. What happens to the ...
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Electric polarization in terms of berry phase?

I was reading a text in which Electric polarization in terms of Berry phase was defined as $P=\frac{e}{2\pi}\sum_{n}\int A_n (k) dk$ under gauge transformation $P\rightarrow P+ne$ (which means ...
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What is the fraction of the incident intensity passing through polarized sheets?

Unpolarized light is incident on a set of three polarizing sheets as shown in the figure at right. The polarizing directions of the sheets make angles 10°, 55° and 85° to the vertical. What fraction ...
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Phase added on reflection at a beam splitter?

If we have light of a particular phase that is indecent on a beam splitter, I assume the transmitted beam undergo's no phase change. But I thought that the reflected beam would undergo a phase change ...
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Decoherence of a Coherent Beam

If retarding films (i.e. wave plates) can retard the electric components of light (based on the films thickness) without affecting it's direction, couldn't I use a retarding film of randomly varying ...
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Are the EM waves that result from each of these processes distinguishable? Phase of light upon emission

In case 1, you have a single source of light that you pass through a diagonally oriented linear polarizer and then a half waveplate, such that the horizontal and vertical components become $\pi$ out ...
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Polarization and Reflection [duplicate]

The polarization is a property of waves that can oscillate with more than one orientation. Given this, when the light is reflected from a surface, does the reflection change the property/orientation ...